Football ‘super agent’ Rob Segal has shared an interesting Trent Alexander-Arnold verdict amid his poor run of form for Liverpool so far this season.
The Lowdown: Trent struggling…
The Reds right-back, who burst on to the scene in Liverpool’s two-leg Champions League quarter-final victory against Man City in 2018, has since gone on to have a phenomenal Anfield career overall.
Alexander-Arnold has won a plethora of major honours as a mainstay under Jurgen Klopp, including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup (Transfermarkt).
However, over this 2022/2023 season so far, the 23-year-old has struggled to cope defensively at times and has attracted criticism from sections of the media – most recently after a lacklustre display in Liverpool’s humbling 4-1 defeat to Napoli in Europe.
The Latest: Agent makes Alexander-Arnold claim…
Speaking to CaughtOffside, super agent Segal has claimed that you can feel the youngster’s ‘arrogance’ on the pitch for Liverpool – made evident by his lack of intensity when tracking back.
“Liverpool have major injury problems which haven’t helped and a player like Trent Alexander-Arnold probably needs a prolonged rest.
“However, because of his standing within the club, you can feel his arrogance when he is slowly running back to goal. Alexander-Arnold knows that no matter what he does, right or wrong, he is likely to start week in, week out.
“It is no secret that Alexander-Arnold is a lot better going forward than he is defensively, so his weaknesses need to be covered and unfortunately for Klopp, at the moment, none of his side’s backline are playing particularly well. The timing of their drop-off in form has been really unfortunate.”
The Verdict: Need for a back-up?
It isn’t uncommon for top sides to bring in quality new players to challenge mainstays like Alexander-Arnold and keep them on their toes.
For example, title rivals Man City have a number of options for each position all battling out for regular starting spots.
England international Kalvin Phillips and star man Rodri, for instance, are both currently competing for the single pivot role in front of Pep Guardiola’s back four.
Perhaps some serious competition for the right-back slot could hand Alexander-Arnold some real motivation to improve the defensive aspect of his game and permanently cement a place in Klopp’s starting eleven.
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